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RTG Dance The Short List (Theater) Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 2 2008

Working with two separate sets of dancers on Fours: New Quartets and Solos, says choreographer Rachel Thorne Germond, was like growing a different facet of her personality in each of two petri dishes. The gentle, hypnotic, intuitive quartet Come About represents the side of her that likes to warm up for four hours, she says. And the raucous, often comic Enough! plays with sexual ambiguity: the members of the all-female quartet dress cabaret-style, in corsets, feathers, and high heels, but occasionally don a man's cutaway coat or pants. Some of the Marlene Dietrich recordings that define it's six sections underline weary cynicism but others express a campy seductiveness--during one song, a bewigged chorus line makes little scratchy motions and kitty-cat paws while intoning, "Meow, baa-aa-aa, woof!" Germond herself performs the two solos on this entertaining if schizophrenic program: she reveals her inner boxer in Look at Me, a collaboration with Korean composer Insook Choi, and dances to Elvis once again (she’s done several impersonations of the King through the years) in her Not About Elvis Dance. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $12-$15

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